In Brief

07 September, 2007

Trade advised to be responsible

The Office

for National Statistics has called on the drinks trade to do more to encourage responsible drinking, after a survey found bar staff and publicans had some of the highest rates of alcohol-related deaths in the country. Retailers and wholesalers had some of the lowest mortality rates, with sales and customer service occupations overall showing below-average alcohol-related death rates, according to the poll, which looked at alcohol-related deaths from 2001-2005. But the poll did not differentiate between off-licence workers and other retailers. Further details in Market Monitor, page 13.

French body attacks AOC

One-third of French AOC may not deserve its appellation because it is not good enough quality and does not represent the terroir, a French consumer research body has claimed. UFC Que Choisir polled 75 producers, negoçiants, oenologists and buyers working in the AOC system. Forty per cent said the AOC label did not guarantee minimum quality standards, and 65 per cent said

it did not represent terroir.

France to dominate Wine Show

French Wines will present 36 different wines across six zones at this year's Wine Show.

The consumer event will be held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, from Oct 25-28.




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Richard Hemming MW: beware inverse snobbery

Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle – which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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